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Llanelli Life Science and Wellbeing Village commitment

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CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council has ditched Sterling Health Securities Holdings as its development partner for the controversial Wellness Village at Delta Lakes in Llanelli. The Council’s announcement was made in a press release issued after 5 pm on Friday, December 7.
The Council’s move came after a Herald investigation unpicked the relationships between several of the companies concerned in the City Deal – particularly in the Wellness project – and the Welsh Government’s announcement of an independent investigation into due diligence procedures and governance of the project and the City Deal

In a press release, the council has confirmed its absolute commitment to deliver the exciting and innovative Life Science and Wellbeing Village at Delta Lakes, but will now look to deliver the scheme by itself, terminating a formal Collaboration Agreement with Sterling Health Securities Holdings.

The Council has confirmed that it will continue working closely with Hywel Dda Health Board, University Wales Trinity Saint David and Swansea University to deliver the scheme.

The Life Science and Wellbeing Village at Delta Lakes will include an Institute of Life Science, a Community Health Hub, a Wellness Education Centre, a Clinical Delivery Centre and state of the art new leisure centre, as well as assisted living accommodation, a nursing home, business space and a wellness hotel.

Preparatory site work is underway and continuing, and a planning application for the scheme has been submitted.

Earlier this week the Council’s Executive Board approved the business plans for the Village in principle, subject to an external independent legal review commissioned to provide members of the public and stakeholders with reassurance that all due legal process has been properly followed.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Emlyn Dole, said: “The Collaboration Agreement was simply an agreement to work together to develop the various aspects of the Delta Lakes project and draw up a Development Agreement for its delivery.  That Development Agreement has not been agreed and the County Council has concluded that the project can be better delivered in another way.

“No public funding has been committed to the partners, no companies have been established, no shares allocated and no Directors appointed.  There is no liability on the County Council whatsoever at this point.”

Carmarthenshire County Council Chief Executive, Mark James, added: “The Council and its partners remain fully committed to develop the Life Science and Wellbeing Village.  The Council will now finalise the business plan to develop the Village with key partners including the Hywel Dda Health Board and the two Universities.”

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New all-inclusive cycling facility at Pembrey Country Park opens

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CYCLING for all ages and abilities is now available at Pembrey Country Park.

Some 38 new cycles including wheelchair transporters, wheelchair cycles, adult tricycles, hand cycles, two-seater side by side and four-seater cycles have arrived at the park’s ski and activity centre.

The purchases and new timber clad storage facilities were funded by the Welsh Government through its Integrated Care Fund (ICF) and a Play Sufficiency Grant funded children’s cycles. The project was delivered by Carmarthenshire County Council’s leisure team and learning disability services.

In addition to the cycles, a new fully equipped ‘Changing Places’ disabled changing and shower room which includes a full ceiling track hoist system and electrically operated shower/changing bed has been installed.

The council’s executive board member for leisure services, Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths said: “This has been made possible thanks to partnership working between Welsh Government, the council’s learning disability and leisure services. It’s yet another step forward in our plan to provide access to cycling for all abilities and as part of our wider vision to become the Cycling Hub of Wales.”

Already Pembrey Ski and Activity Centre is recognised for its ski for all facilities and regularly holds high profile events for all abilities.

The council’s disability ambassador, Cllr Jane Tremlett said: “We are delighted that we are able to offer a fully inclusive cycling facility at Pembrey Country Park. Already it has been a tremendous success in increasing the number of individuals accessing cycling as well as attracting out of county groups.”

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Road closed in both directions following collision between car and tractor

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THERE was a collision between a car and a tractor with a trailer at just past 12am today (Friday, June 21).

The road was closed in both directions from St Clears to Carmarthen while emergency services dealt with the incident.

Two men – the driver and passenger of the car – have been taken to hospital. One is in a critical but stable condition.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, who hasn’t already spoken to the police, is asked to contact the serious collision investigation unit at Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.

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Parc Howard shortlisted for national award

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PARC HOWARD has been shortlisted for the prestigious Family Friendly Museum Award.

Charity Kids in Museums awards the prize annually to one museum, gallery, historic home or heritage site in the UK that goes the extra mile to provide a great experience for families.

Throughout April and May, families across the country voted for their favourite heritage attraction on the Kids in Museums website. It is the only museum award to be judged by families.

A panel of museum experts whittled down over 800 nominations to a shortlist of 15.

The museum will now be visited by undercover family judges who will assess the museums against the Kids in Museums Manifesto. Their experiences will decide a winner for each award category and an overall winner, our Family Friendly Museum of the Year 2019.

The council’s executive board member for cultural services, Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths said: “It really is exciting times for Parc Howard Museum. To have been nominated for such a prestigious award is just superb and is testament to the family friendly environment we have been working to create within the museum.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London in October.

Emmajane Avery, Chair of Kids in Museums, said: “It’s great to see Parc Howard Museum on the shortlist for this year’s Family Friendly Museum Award. To make it to the shortlist in our most competitive year yet is a fantastic achievement and a testament to the hard work staff have put in to create an enjoyable experience for families. We were inspired by how this ambitious museum works with community organisations to bring the museum to families on a low income. We wish the museum the best of luck in the next round of judging.”

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